The wild coast of Tetepare
The Tetepare Descendants’ Association take their conservation work very seriously. They protect and manage the entire island most especially their 13km-long Marine Protected Area. Since 2004, they have had a dedicated roster of rangers and different marine monitoring teams from scientists to volunteers doing research in Tetepare’s different unique ecosystems from marine, forest to freshwater habitats. They have conducted many conservation programs to help them understand and learn more about their precious island.
In the four days we spent there, we were part of four monitoring activities performed by the rangers & women staff who all come from the neighbouring Rendova Island Village. The first activity was patrolling the entire island which the rangers do once a week. The second was the rangers finding and measuring coconut crabs which can be found all over the island. The third was a seaweed count conducted by the women kitchen & housekeeping staff. Finally the finale was a turtle tagging activity done by the rangers and this we did at the height of a rain storm.
Coconut Crab Monitoring